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I've been looking at ASD (anxiety, stress and depression) rates at different trusts and wanted to ask people to get in touch with their good or bad experiences, particularly in the run-up to the International Conference on Physician Health on September 15-17.
I am interested in how well supported you feel in terms of dealing with stress in the workplace. Does your trust or employer have a particularly robust or effective strategy for dealing with stress and guarding against work-related anxiety or even depression? Could you give examples? Or, do you feel your trust could do more - how/why? Do you think this issue is more of a problem for junior doctors? Are consultants immune to these problems?
Is this an issue that employers should take more notice of and do you think it is a prevalent problem within the medical workforce? You can post your comments below either signed in, or anonymously.
In reply to Anonymous:
Did you have access to, receive any psychiatric or mental health intervention before considering early retirement? Dr Leslie Dobson GP Health Ltd email [email protected]
Just to mention the Doctors' Support Network which is a fully confidential peer support organisation for doctors with mental health problems. DSN is an adjunct to other support for sick doctors and offers a support forum as well as regional meetings and an annual conference. Website. Www.dsn.org.uk
Am afraid this is true. Anon.
I hear what you say and my experience of 'support' in the training programme boils down these days to 'time in training' and once they know you have a mental illness your trainers will decide that they cannot see you coping as a consultant in the NHS and so cannot sign you off with a CCT.
So much for the caring profession!
Just to update you as we look more into some of the issues raised on this topic - here is a link to the news analysis I wrote about sickness absence rates related to anxiety, stress and depression (this piece also appeared in BMA News magazine in the weekend's September 13 issue).
In reply to Tim Tonkin:
Thank you for showing interest. After my first episode off sick, Occ Health have advised for my timetable to be changed. Department did not even acknowledge it. With this current episode, which is related to bullying, occ health have suggested I be removed from the bully's clinics. It remains to be seen if they will actually help me. Interestingly the BMA rep whom I thought would be helping me, suggested that at mediation I should aim to 'kiss and make-up'with the bully such that I can return to work, ie square one. Apparently it is most important that I should go back to work, never mind addressing the fact that I am the victim of bullying. Go figure.